Betelgeuse Could Have Eaten a Sun-Like Star, and that’s Why It's Spinning Faster

Betelgeuse Could Have Eaten a Sun-Like Star, and that’s Why It’s Spinning Faster

Intro

Betelgeuse is actually one of the most famous stars, and it’s just so prominent that we have taken the time to consider the speed at which it evolves and how much light it always manages to release. Betelgeuse is like the left shoulder of the Orion constellation, and recently, we noticed that it’s spinning at a much faster speed, which means it has some secrets for us.

A study was published in the monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and it was stated that the giant night star is moving pretty fast, and according to that study, it could be that the star has eaten a sun-like star too early in its life. According to the report, the star is moving at about 150 times faster than any star and that’s simply awesome.

Betelgeuse is about 25 times the mass of our sun while it’s 1000 times the size of the sun. The star is estimated to be 10 million years old, which means it’s significantly younger than our sun which is about 4.6 billion years old. Betelgeuse is expected to live for a relatively short time, which means it could explode as a supernova in the next 10,000 years. Interestingly, we may be able to witness the death of the red supergiant with our naked eyes since its just 640 light-years away from us.

Betelgeuse Could Have Eaten a Sun-Like Star, and that’s Why It's Spinning Faster



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